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Man sought in drive-by that injured three: Suspect ID'd in restaurant shooting

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Police on Sunday said they are searching for a 20-year-old man who fired into a crowd during a drive-by, striking three people in Athens.

They have issued arrest warrants for Santino Deante Luke for three counts of aggravated assault, according to the Athens-Clarke County police.

Around 12:15 a.m. Sunday, officers responded to Deer Parkway after getting a report of a shooting, police said in a news release. Investigators said Luke allegedly drove by in a vehicle and began shooting into a crowd of people, wounding three individuals.

Police have not released the conditions of the victims. And it's also unclear what motivated the drive-by and if any of the wounded was the intended target.

Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information that leads to this offender's arrest, police said. Anyone with information that can help police locate the suspect is asked to call 911, Central Communications at (706) 546-5900, or Crime Stopper’s confidential tip line at (706) 613-3342.

Man, 27, Wanted for Murder in Death of Manager of Family-Owned Restaurant

Police on Saturday identified the person they believe shot and killed the business manager of a family-owned restaurant last week in East Point. And police are seeking the public’s help in finding him.

Yusuf Abdul Alkarim, 27, is wanted for murder in the shooting of Riyadh Nuriddin, 36, of Austell, according to East Point police.

The shooting happened around 11 p.m. at Ikhlas Superb Seafood at 2724 Sylvan Road where Nuriddin worked as the business manager, police spokesman Lt. Cliff Chandler said. Officers responded to the scene after getting a call at 11:10 p.m. about a person shot, Chandler said.

He declined to comment on who called 911, but said Nuriddin was alone in the restaurant at the time of the shooting.

“The suspect confronted him in the restaurant and Mr. Nuriddin was shot,” Chandler said.

Mustafaa Nuriddin said his younger brother routinely closed up at the restaurant, where he helped their mother, according to media reports.
“He was devoted to his community, he was devoted to his family, he was devoted to his children,” Nurridin told Channel 2 Action News. “You know, one way to touch people’s souls is when you feed them. So, my brother touched a lot of souls.”

Investigators believe robbery was the motive for the shooting – and on they were searching for the victim’s tan 1999 Ford F-150 pickup truck, which they believe was still in the hands of the suspect as of Thursday. The vehicle, which was reported stolen and related to a homicide, has license plate: BQI 3987, according to East Point police.

If spotted, police are asking that Alkarim not be approached and that the person call (404) 559-6226.

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